The Immigration Solution: Enforcement

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Monday, July 2, 2007

The Post's June 29 editorial lamenting the spiking of the Senate immigration bill could convince only someone born yesterday. Our "bankrupt and busted immigration laws" are actually pristine, since they've hardly been used.

For example, systematic enforcement of the laws against hiring illegal aliens has been assiduously avoided going back to 1986. Unsurprisingly, the problem of 3 million illegal aliens back then metastasized to 12 million plus today. But if we routinely enforce our laws, jobs will dry up for illegal aliens, and they'll deport themselves, the strategy known as "attrition through enforcement."

The Ernestos of the world will have to make their futures in their own countries. The United States can't possibly welcome the equally worthy billions around the globe who are poorer than the average Mexican. It would quickly destroy itself if it tried.

PAUL NACHMAN

Bozeman, Mont.


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